The Cardinal Newman Society

The Cardinal Newman Society The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) was founded by Catholic college alumni to promote and defend faithful Catholic education, following upon Pope John Paul II’s 1990 release of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae.

Bill Donahue: Common Core proponents strong-arming Catholic schools

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MANASSAS, Va. – Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote in an article today, “[W]e do object to the tactics being used by paid advocates [of Common Core] to whip Catholics into line.” Donohue was commenting on the recent attempts by a Gates Foundation-funded organization to counter the declining support for the Common Core by “strong-arm[ing]” Catholic educators and opposing The Cardinal Newman Society, as was reported.
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Gates-funded lobby pushes Common Core in Catholic schools, targets Newman Society

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MANASSAS, Va. – A Washington, D.C., organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation—which has invested millions of dollars to develop and promote the controversial Common Core school standards—is contacting Catholic school leaders in an effort to reverse declining support for the Common Core and to oppose The Cardinal Newman Society’s “Catholic Is our Core” initiative.
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Loyola Marymount employees file complaint against California abortion mandate

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LOS ANGELES – Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) filed a complaint on Friday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of seven Loyola Marymount University employees who argue that California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has violated federal law by mandating insurance coverage of elective abortions.
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Obama admin targets more than 400 Catholic organizations for HHS mandate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration’s court filing this week, indicating that it will continue its fight for enforcement of its “HHS mandate” against religious nonprofits, could immediately affect more than 400 Catholic organizations participating in the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society.
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Catholic classical schools quickly growing in demand

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MANASSAS, Va. – Nationwide, classical schools, both diocesan and independent, are springing up and eliciting interest from other schools and groups. Efforts to revitalize classical Catholic education have garnered interest from parents, teachers, and many others who want to copy the model, according to the National Catholic Register.
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Criticism mounts over Notre Dame’s student health plan covering abortifacients, contraceptives

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – An alumni group and prominent professor are arguing that the University of Notre Dame’s recent decision to renew its student health plan—which provides students with free contraceptives and abortifacients as stipulated in the HHS Mandate—was unnecessary and could undermine its lawsuit against the Mandate regarding the University’s faculty and staff plan, the National Catholic Register reported.
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State covers ‘medically necessary’ abortions for employees, but forces Catholics to cover elective ones

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered that California’s own health plans for state employees cover only “medically necessary” abortions, even though Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has called such language “discriminatory” and a violation of state law for Catholic and other employers who oppose elective abortion coverage as an infringement upon their religious and moral beliefs.
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California forces Catholic universities to provide abortion coverage

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced today that it will force Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and Santa Clara University (SCU)—as well as any other religious nonprofit or business—to violate their deeply held beliefs and provide employees insurance coverage for elective abortion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Slain Marquette alum James Foley recounted the power of prayer

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MILWAUKEE – Marquette University alumnus and U.S. journalist, James Foley, was shown being beheaded in a video released by ISIS and posted on YouTube on Tuesday, according to Fox. Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria, had been kidnapped once before while covering the civil war in Libya in 2011. Afterwards, Foley reflected with deep gratitude on the good of his Catholic university education.
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Palm Beach Catholic schools avoid Common Core, strengthen Catholic identity

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PALM BEACH, Fla. – In a “Welcome Back to School” letter, the Diocese of Palm Beach in Florida announced that its Catholic schools would not be adopting the “Common Core State Standards for Math and English/Language Arts,” and that it would be undertaking a diocesan-wide initiative to strengthen its schools’ Catholic identity.
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Public university to offer faith-based housing option

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OSHKOSH, Wis. – Students at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UWO) who wish to live a residential campus life that nurtures their Catholic faith and provides them with a spiritually encouraging environment will now have the opportunity to do so. UWO is now offering a faith-based housing option for students called the Newman Student House, according to The Northwestern.
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Study sheds light on damaging effects of marijuana among college-aged adults

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MANASSAS, Va. – As support for legalized recreational marijuana use increases, some have warned that there is presently little research indicating the effects of low to moderate use of the drug. However, the results of a small but sobering study released in April by several Boston-based researchers have shed light on the damaging effects of even casual use of the drug among young adults, according to the Society for Neuroscience.
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Professors from Catholic universities sign plea to end genocide in Iraq

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MANASSAS, Va. – Thirty-eight prominent Catholic university professors and other scholars, editors, fellows, and retired military personnel have signed a plea at IraqRescue.org calling for “the United States and the international community [to] act immediately and decisively to stop the ISIS/ISIL genocide and prevent the further victimization of religious minorities.”
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